Colm and Gaynor Tierney.

Measure of success

Having seven children has changed the equity goalposts for Waikato farm owners and sharemilkers Colm and Gaynor Tierney. Sheryl Brown reports. Colm and Gaynor Tierney are standing at a crossroad asking themselves: is big always better? The couple own a 75-hectare farm at Ngaruawahia in the Waikato, which is currently run by a 50/50 sharemilker, and are themselves 50/50 sharemilking …

Dutch cows in rape.

Climate debate captures Dutch dairy

Dairy farmers in the Netherlands must now commit to a process of ‘circular agriculture’ balancing inputs and outputs, or go out of business. Dutch agricultural journalist Sjoerd Hofstee writes. Climate and CO². Those are the new ‘magic words’ in Dutch dairy, among others from politicians. Although no more than 11% of greenhouse gases in the Netherlands is caused by the …

Healthy ecosystems and healthy people

Concern over the state of rivers and nitrogen loads has led to discussion of ecosystem health, environmental scientist Alison Dewes writes. When I am asked to define ecosystem health, I have to describe the relationship of this to the wider natural world we live in, because everything is connected. We cannot look at a single metric and hope to have …

Smithy Baling of Hawkes Bay run two Krone AM 323S mowers for baleage and hay mowing. Tim Smith finds them a reliable mower with reasonable performance, and has had great service from Tractor Repairs and Spares in Hastings.

One man went to mow…

A wide range of mowers are available to New Zealand farmers. Tim McVeagh checks out some of the offerings. The New Zealand dairy farmer has an impressive range of mowers to pick from, with Krone alone having 35 models on their website. With a range of features varying between models, there’s a fair bit to take in. Working widths range …

Adam now has more information on how each cow is performing.

Ahead with technology

A cow chewing her cud has long been an indicator of cow health. Anne Hardie reports how monitoring collars can help show how a cow’s ruminations are affected by the state of their health. Information from cow monitoring collars shows Adam McManaway and Kirsten Daymond the changes in ruminations and activity of every cow in their 465-cow herd so they know the …

Lush lands of Tower Peak

Southland’s Takitimu mountains are home to a huge station raising young heifers for Canterbury equity partnerships. Anne Lee reports. High up against the soaring, ragged Takitimu mountain range that sits as a gateway to Fiordland, is the last place you’d expect to find a vast, lush terrace that’s home to 3200 dairy heifers. The huge, 1300-hectare, Tower Peak Station is …